‘Man In the Box’ Would Save Alice in Chains Career
The Seattle band ‘Alice in Chains‘ were not overnight superstars. Instead they would struggle for about a year after their debut record ‘Facelift’ was released until they hit it big. Their first single ‘We Die Young’ went nowhere and it wouldn’t be until they released their second single ‘Man in the Box’ and shot a video for it that MTV soon picked up the song and put it in heavy rotation. The extra exposure and touring opportunities with Van Halen & The Clash Of the Titans Tour propelled them from 40,000 records sold to half a million. This is the story of ‘Man In the Box’ and how it propelled the band from Rock and Roll True Stories.
The Story of the Seattle Supergroup ‘Temple of the Dog’
Today on Rock and Roll True Stories YouTube channel they talk about the Seattle supergroup ‘Temple of the Dog.’ Featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden the band was setup to pay tribute to the late Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood, but not everyone was happy over the band. The band would be well known for the hit songs ‘Hunger Strike’ and ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven.’ Check out the full story below!
Axl Rose Argued With Manager Over Keeping Guns N’ Roses Name
Guns N’ Roses former manager Doug Goldstein revealed that he had arguments with frontman Axl Rose over keeping the Guns N’ Roses name. During a chat with ‘Appetite for Destruction’ podcast Goldstein revealed:
When the interviewer said that “Axl’s been keeping it alive all these years,” Goldstein responded
“That was one of the arguments that Axl and I had when Slash left [in 1996]: I didn’t think that he should call it Guns N’ Roses anymore.
“And he disagreed with me. I thought that he should’ve called it – I don’t know, Axl Rose, something with his name.
“I don’t even know if I came up with something, I just said, ‘I don’t know if you should taint what you had in the original name by using it again.’
“And you’ve heard my argument, he was the only guy standing there as Guns N’ Roses, so it’s tough to let go of that.”
Interviewer: It’s just fascinating how it’s taken on a narrative that Axl is a bad guy…
“The last time I talked to him it was because I’ve done a podcast with you, and he said, ‘Stop saying nice things about me.’ He doesn’t like it when people say nice things about him in the press.
“His argument is, ‘Did anybody ask Picasso what his art meant? I’m an artist, I’m not interested in public opinion. I don’t really care, and I don’t want anybody trying to change public opinion, I really don’t give a care what anybody thinks.’ Fair enough.”
Michael Stipe Wasn’t a Fan of ‘Shiny Happy People’
Rock group R.E.M. released one of the biggest records of their career with 1991’s ‘Out of Time.’ Featuring the two massive singles ‘Shiny Happy People’ and ‘Losing my Religion’ the album angered a lot of longtime fans while finding the band a new audience as well. Over the years the members of R.E.M. have had an uncomfortable relationship with ‘Shiny Happy People’ despite the fact that it was a top 10 hit in the US and UK, the only song of the band’s career to accomplish such a feat. Check out why the band hates the song in today’s video from Rock and Roll True Stories
Lars Von Retriever At It Again With Alice in Chains Cover
One of my favourite YouTubers Lars Von Retriever Released another Donald Trump cover video of the President of the United States covering Alice in Chains first hit single ‘Man in the Box’ from the group’s 1990 debut record ‘Facelift.’ Check it out below
Guns N’ Roses Release Goofy Photo of Axl Rose
Rare Photo of Axl Rose With Arnold Schwarzenegger
European Summer Tour Rescheduled
Guns N’ Roses have announced rescheduled tour dates for 2021. They were originally supposed to happen this summer. Earlier this week Guns N’ Roses announced newly scheduled dates for their 2020 North American as well. Check out the new dates below!
GUNS N’ ROSES 2021 tour dates:
Jun. 02 – Passeio Maritimo de Alges, Lisbon, Portugal
Jun. 05 – Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain
Jun. 12 – Nygatan 27, Solvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 18 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK
Jun. 19 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK
Jun. 22 – Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland
Jun. 24 – Green, Glasgow, Scotland
Jun. 30 – Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
Bumblefoot Releases Cover of Soundgarden’s ‘The Day I Tried To Live’
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot released a cover of the Soundgarden track ‘The Day I Tried To Live.’ Check it out below!
The song is taken from Bumblefoot‘s latest acoustic EP of cover songs, titled “Barefoot 3”, which was released in June exclusively via Bandcamp. The tracklisting is below
01. Sleepwalking (BUMBLEFOOT acoustic cover)
02. Tiny Dancer (ELTON JOHN acoustic cover)
03. The Day I Tried To Live (SOUNDGARDEN acoustic cover)
04. Only Time Will Tell (ASIA acoustic cover)
05. Come On Eileen (DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS acoustic cover)
06. Tell Me Something Good (RUFUS & CHAKA KHAN acoustic cover)
Slash Discusses Hearing Axl Rose From the First Time
During a recent interview with Kerrang, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash discussed hearing frontman Axl Rose’s voice for the first time. It turns out it was guitarist Izzy Stradlin who introduced him to the voice of the singer as he would reveal the following:
“The first time was on a cassette that Izzy brought over to my house,” he said.
“There was all this noise and then there’s this really intense high voice over the top of it. My first impression was that it was very soulful. It had a bluesy, melodic thing to it, which was rare for that type of voice. You didn’t often hear somebody hold that melody together so naturally. Then I went to see him and Izzy play one time.
“I didn’t actually realise I was going to see the same person that was on that cassette. They were hardcore on stage. Izzy was doing knee slides and Axl was bashing down. It was cool,…’”
Regarding Slash’s first rehearsals with Axl Rose and Izzy the guitarist said
“The first time that we jammed together was at a rehearsal place in Hollywood and it was intense. We started working together at that point, we did some shows and it was always very unpredictable and wild. Like, ‘Okay, let’s see what happens.
Jerry Cantrell Singles Out James Hetfield
During an interview with Louder Sound, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell was asked to single out the greatest frontman in all of metal music. The guitarist chose friend and former tourmate, Metallica frontman/guitarist James Hetfield revealing the following:
“A long time ago, me and Sean [Kinney, Alice in Chains drummer] got together with James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo to do a benefit show in Los Angeles.
“James actually asked me to sing ‘Them Bones’ and ‘Would?’ and I was thinking, ‘Right on!’ So we did those two songs and then we did ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my whole life.
“As a guitarist, I come from the Malcolm Young school of rock, which is about rhythm and songwriting.
“If you talk to anybody, I’m not really known as a virtuoso soloist. Where it’s at for me is rhythm, tone, feel, and arrangement. I think James comes from that school too.
“What makes James such a great frontman is his physical presence. Nobody else commands the same kind of respect and attention without it being self-seeking or egocentric.
“He’s all about the music; all about the fun and the celebration and the connection with the fans. And that to me is really inspiring.
“Especially because he’s done this for so long, and he’s been at the top of his game for so long and he continues to search for a deeper meaning. I can’t wait to see what he does next.
“He took an underground thing and took it worldwide. Metallica is a huge thing for me and for any hard rock or metal band.
“Will he go down in history as a rock icon? He already has – he’s the godfather, man.”
Check out James Hetfield with the members of Alice in Chains from 2006 performing the song ‘Would?’ below!